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:''"Cephalic shield" redirects here. For the head shield in arthropods see Cephalon (arthropod head) File:Penaeus diagram carapace.png|thumb|200px|Diagram of a prawn, with the carapace highlighted in red. A '''carapace''' is a Dorsum (biology)|dorsal (upper) section of the exoskeleton or shell in a number of animal groups, including arthropods such as crustaceans and arachnids, as well as vertebrates such as turtles and tortoises. In turtles and tortoises, the underside is called the plastron.
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